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by AwarenessArtist on January 10, 2011

Electronic gadgets and accessories were the most popular items for the holidays this year. iPads, Kindles, smart phones and HD TVs were the biggest sellers. If you received one of these, what should you do with the old stuff these might have replaced?
DO NOT throw them away.

Electronic gadgets contain toxic chemicals that seep out into landfills and into ground water or are emitted into the air by incinerators. Many of these old phones, tvs, and PDAs contain metals that can be recycled and reused.

REUSE
Many cities have local, non-profit reuse organizations, which will refurbish electronics for use in local
undeserved communities. You can usually find these by contacting your local county solid waste agency.

RECYCLE
Take them to an electronics recyclers. Try to find a reputable one in your area. There are many take back programs run by the manufacturers and retailers. Some also have trade-in options that will give you money back or credit toward a future purchase. Check websites or call to find out if they have a program.

Don’t forget about batteries too! Recycle them, don’t throw them away! Take them to your recycling
center or put out with your regular recyclables at home. A lot of communities are expanding what they will take from your curb.

Here’s a poster we have regarding recycling electronics:
Recycle Electronics

{ 3 comments }

Haul it Louisville Guy August 23, 2011 at 9:14 pm

I have found that Habitat for Humanity is a great place to donate used household goods of almost any kind. i feel confident that it will go to the right place. if they will not accept it then take to your local e-waste drop off. We just cannot let these things pile up in a landfill. Thanks for the blog. I will visit often.

Chelsea Culver October 20, 2011 at 1:05 pm

You bring up so many good points! It’s crazy how many cell phones, and batteries are thrown away these days. I had no idea that electronics contained toxic chemicals that can seep into the ground! I have AT&T as my phone service and I know that you can actually send them an old, broken phone and they will actually refurbish it for you and send it right back! Of course it costs a little bit but it beats buying a completely new phone!

Victoria Esquivel October 20, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Victoria Esquivel
What is horrible is I’m renting my home and it did not come with a refrigerator or a stove and being that I am not exactly in a great financial situation, I did not by new ones. Instead of buying new ones, I went to flea market type places and bought used ones. But what I am saying is that if you are going to buy newer energy efficient ones, you can also calculate in selling your old one to a flea market type place. If you someone is dead set on getting a more energy efficient one if not then use it until you can’t any more.

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